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November 11th, 2013
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Fun and Easy Candy Corn Cupcakes

delicious candy corn cupcakes

I love the holidays! One of the things I love the most is the baking! I know, a lot of people might be thinking, “I am too busy this time of year to add one more thing to my to do list!” If that’s you, I have a fun AND easy new recipe you can try for Thanksgiving. I am calling them Candy Corn  Cupcakes. I originally saw this recipe on Our Best Bites, but I wanted to make this recipe super quick and easy for you so I changed it up a bit.

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All you will need is a cake mix, some food coloring (or gel coloring) and candy corn. Honestly, I am not a big fan of eating candy corn as they are, but they kind of make this recipe, so go ahead and indulge in a bag. They are on sale now, and you’ll thank me later. 😉

candy corn cupcakes insides

The kids just LOVED it when we cut open the cupcakes. Surprise! They look like candy corn! When people bite into these yummy cupcakes, they will look like giant candy corns – yellow, orange and white! They are so much fun.

How to make Candy Corn Cupcakes:

Candy Corn Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

2 Dozen

Candy Corn Cupcakes


  • 1 Box White or Yellow Cake Mix
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable Oil (or as per cake mix directions)
  • Frosting:
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tsp milk


  1. Make cake mix as per directions. Divide in half.
  2. Color one half of the cake mix yellow and one half orange. I used Wilton Gel Colors for icing to color my cake, but I imagine you can also use food coloring. Mix well.
  3. Place 24 cupcake liners in cupcake tins. Fill each liner 1/3 of the way with the yellow colored cake mix. Once you have used up all of the yellow, fill each cupcake liner 1/3 of the way with the orange colored cake mix. Try to cover the yellow mix completely.
  4. Bake according to package directions.
  5. While the cupcakes bake, make your frosting. You can use canned frosting, but my family loves my homemade frosting (Wilton's Basic Buttercream Icing) so that is what I use.
  6. Cream butter and shortening together. Slowly add powdered sugar. Add a little bit of milk to keep the consistency where you want it. Scrape the sides of the bowl a few times to make sure everything is being mixed well.
  7. Once the cupcakes are cool, add a bit of frosting to each, then top with a single candy corn.


Most kids don’t enjoy the traditional pies that we make on Thanksgiving, but they will love these!

What do you think? Can you fit these fun cupcakes into your baking repertoire this holiday season?


Don’t forget to check out our other fun and frugal ideas on our desserts page!



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